The Natural Soap Chef

The Natural Soap Chef

Making Luxurious Delights From Cucumber Melon and Almond Cookie to Chai Tea and Espresso Forte

Book - 2012
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"Pamper yourself with natural moisturizing lather. Indulge your senses with aromatic fragrances. Beautify your bath with stunning soap that you've created. This book shows how to take wonderful ingredients and turn them into amazing soaps... Including easy step-by-step directions and helpful instructive photos, "The Natural Soap Chef" is chockfull of inventive recipes and techniques that will teach you basic cold process soap making. Make your own luxurious bars and unique soaps right in your own kitchen that will please even the most sensitive skin." --p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ulysses Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781612430621
Call Number: 668.12 BARTO
Characteristics: 119 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Subjects: Soap.
Essences and essential oils -- Therapeutic use.
Beauty, Personal.


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Jan 22, 2018

I'm not a super experienced soaper, having only made a half dozen batches or so, but this is the 4th book I've read about the process. First, the title is a touch misleading, the author is not a chef, and nearly all of the recipes contain fragrance oils that are not natural. Also, note that most of these recipes contain palm oil, which I'd rather avoid. If you're a beginner with making soap I recommend the book Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola, while most of these recipes also contain non-natural ingredients the author does a far better job of explaining the procedure for making cold process soap, and how the soap is effected by different techniques/ingredients. Anne-Marie Faiola's website is referenced in The Natural Soap Chef, be sure to check it out. Make sure that your scale has grams as an option or you are willing to convert grams to Oz. as The Natural Soap Chef only gives weights in grams. There are some great ideas in this book, but if you are looking for "natural recipes" try Natural Soap Making by Elizabeth Letcavage. This book has excellent explanations for how the process works with lots of great pictures, showing the process. All in all The Natural Soap Chef is a decent book that has a couple of cool recipes, I'm excited to try in the near future.


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